Thirty-eight new physicians have been trained by the University of Liberia (UL).They are the single largest post war graduate class in the history of the medical school.The 38 new doctors were all schooled at the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine at the UL. They were part of the 95th Commencement Convocation held recently at the Samuel K. Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville.At the same college, 29 candidates graduated from the School of Pharmacy, while 35 others graduated from the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law.Prior to the graduation ceremony on Wednesday, December 18, the 38 newly trained medical practitioners took the Hippocratic Oath (pledge to medical ethics) and were also honored for their academic achievements. The well-attended oath and honoring ceremony was also typified by the conferring of special distinctions and recognition of those candidates/graduates who performed exceptionally during their days in class.In his keynote address, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Liberia Band for Development and Investment (LBDI), John B. Davis, described the graduation of the doctors as the celebration of monumental achievement. “This,” he said, “signifies the highlighting of a small step in reducing the doctor-patient ratio, which stands at one doctor to more than 125,000 patients.Mr. Davis also administered the Hippocratic Oath of medical ethics to the graduates as they pledged to uphold the tenet of their chosen profession.According to the young banker, “There is a lot more that needs to be done, and many additional graduating classes far larger than this one would be required before the country can get anywhere in reducing this very dangerous ratio.”“Your oath writes a new chapter in your professional lives and ensures that you sign a new contract with society. I trust that you will rise to this challenge and discharge the herculean tasks that will accompany the challenge. I trust that you will take the high road to nobility with professionalism,” Mr. Davis urged the graduates.He observed that the country was already plagued with many problems, and as such, the new doctors should see themselves as a small piece of the solution to a better health delivery system.He then acknowledged that the medical field, like any other profession, comes with its own ups and downs its celebrations of success and joy, and its moments of despair and apparent hopelessness.According to him, unlike other developed countries, in Liberia, the medical profession is not an avenue to riches; it is one of the ultimate calls to service.“We perfectly understand the expectations following years of hard study, but here is the irony in our country, sometimes the pay you take home cannot meet all your expectations.”Mr. Davis also called on the authorities to do more to advance the cause of a healthy nation, saying that nothing should stop Liberia from attaining the enviable position of being one of West Africa’s referral destinations for superlative medical treatment. Meanwhile, UL President, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis, has announced the retirement of nine personnel from their “long service” at the institution. Five of those retired were from the College of Agriculture, inluding field workers, a laboratory assistant, and an administrative assistant. They included Moses Borbor, Esther Kpan, Sarah Morris, Philip Bean, and Matthew Kamara.Others were former Associate Professor, Tabeh L. Freeman of the Medical College; Charles Blyeah the Janitor of Plant Operations; James Peter the Plumber of Plant Operations; and Joseph R. Davis the Director of UL Services. Each of them had served the institution between the period of 25 and 42 years.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has maintained that the exploitation of resources in Liberia be done in an appropriate governance framework that protects the national interest. According to the Liberian leader, the management of Liberia’s natural resources calls for an open and transparent environment which guarantees investors a fair return on their investment, while maximizing benefits for Liberian citizens and Liberian businesses.In her Annual Message on Monday, January 27, 2014, President Sirleaf noted that creating conducive environment for investment for both foreign and domestic is critical for attaining economic growth and development of Liberia.Liberia’s forest sector is one of the key sectors the President mentioned in her speech as very important the economy. The President did not bite her tongue on the controversy that has marred the issuance of the Private Use Permits (PUPs) to private citizens in accordance with the National Forest Reform Law of 2006.The National Forestry Reform Law of 2006 makes provision for the issuance of five categories of forest resource licenses to access forest contracts: Forest Management Contract (FMC), Timber Sales Contract (TSC); Private Use Permit (PUP); Forest Use Permit (FUP); and Community Forestry.But the Liberian leader noted that the poor management of the implementation of those laws resulted in a setback in attracting quality investors to the sector and a major loss in revenue.She disclosed that the government has revoked 29 Private Use Permit (PUP) licenses issued, while 34 PUP licenses are being reviewed. PUP license holders have, however, criticized the government for denying them the opportunity to play their role in the forest sector and the economy of Liberia.A number of Liberians who are now unemployed as a result of the suspension or revocation of their employers’ say they are disappointed in the government. Speaking on the Theme: “Consolidating the Processes of Transformation” the President explained that the issuance of 63 PUPs prior to the formulation of relevant regulations to guide the process raised national and international concerns.The government of Liberia (GOL), it may be recalled, constituted a special independent investigating body (SIIB) to probe the PUP saga and made recommendations that led to a moratorium on the issuance and operations of all PUPs pending the validation of the draft regulation.“Meanwhile,” she emphasized “29 of the 63 PUPs issued have been revoked, while the remaining 34 are being reviewed for further action and possible cancellation.”President Sirleaf clarified, however, that the actions taken against the 63 PUPs have no effect on the operations of entities with valid FMC.“It should be noted, however, that this has no effect on forest operations which continue for entities with valid Forest Management Contracts,” she stated.She further explained that the new forest laws stress the integration of community, conservation, and commercial forest management, while a Community Rights Law empowers communities to fully engage in the management of forest resources.She called for the passage of a new legislation relating to bid premiums to fully revive the forestry sector so that the sector can adequately contribute to government to revenue.“The Board of Directors of the Forestry Development Authority (FDA) has been reconstituted and new management has taken bold steps toward compliance with all laws and regulations,” the President declared.President Sirleaf has meanwhile, observed that the voluntary partnership agreement with the European Union should attract quality investors committed to value addition to the sector.She disclosed that the National Bureau of Concessions (NBC) began work, with stakeholders, to develop a uniform national template to monitor and evaluate the compliance of concessionaires in the country, in order to reduce the many and often confusing reportorial lines.According to the President, a National Concessions Cadastre is to be established for the administration and operation of a unified National Concessions Database System that will integrate and consolidate a repository of concession information.“The Bureau is to make certain that concessionaires remain in full compliance with the terms and conditions of their respective concession agreements, and ensures that Liberian citizens and firms get the anticipated employment and business opportunities from these concession contracts,” she stressed.The Liberian, however, admitted that the NBC faces challenges, including the lack of human capacity, logistics and insufficient budget allocation.Amidst these challenges, the new management is expected to address these challenges to meet the purpose for which the Bureau was created.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A private security guard assigned to the compound where Antoinette Nettie Peters was stabbed to dead testified Wednesday, May 21 about the day after the killing.Nettie was believed to have been murdered by another private security guard, Jefferson Dahn on the morning of January 3, 2013, at her boyfriend — Bonfrer Adidee’s — compound on 12th Street, Sinkor, Monrovia. Stephen Hopkins, who testified as prosecution third witness told the court that when the incident took place their bossman, Bonfrer Adidee, the next day, dissolved his security guard and paid every one of them off.Adidee is a Ugandan national employed with the Civil Aviation Section of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).“After Nettie’s dead body was removed from the compound,” Hopkings alleged in his testimony, “the next day, Adidee called us and paid off everybody, he said, because authority of UNMIL advised him to relocate to a safer place.”“Since then I don’t know whether Adidee is in the country or not,” Hopkings response when he was asked where was his bossman.Interestingly, for the third days of hearing, Adidee failed to show-up in the courtroom.Besides, he is not among those witnesses that were qualified and sworn by the court to testify on behalf of the state.But police said, defendant Dahn when they investigated him claimed that Adidee killed his fiancée and asked him to drag her body in his kitchen, and he (Adidee) promised to give him US$600, a laptop and two phones, if he was to do it.Before Nettie’s death, Hopkings alleged that she and Dahn held heated argument in his presence about hot water used by the defendant to take his bath to go to school.In a cross examination on Wednesday, Judge Blamo asked Witness Hopkings whether Adidee’s safer area was in Liberia or outside of the country. Hopkings replied, “I don’t know which safe place Adidee said UNMIL’s authority advised him to go. And I don’t know where he is.”Furthered asked if Adidee was still in the employ of UNMIL, the prosecutor third witness response “I don’t have any information about him being in the employ of UNM IL or not.” Asked as to what time of the day does Adidee goes to work and return? Hopkings again replied, “He used to leave between 7 to 8 a.m. But, I don’t know when he used to come because; I was only assigned on the first shift from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.”Explaining about Nettie’s murder, Hopkings said, by 2 p.m., he received a called from Adidee asking him to go and checked his compound, because he Adidee said, he was informed by another UNMIL’s officers that officers of the Liberia National Police and UNMIL had barricaded the area.According to him, when he arrived at the place he was prevented entry into the compound.Surprisingly, the officers allowed him and to go along with them into the compound and search the place.He said, the reason was that they, officers received information about the murder of their bossman’s girlfriend, Nettie.The prosecutor third witness claimed that while searching the house, it was when they discovered defendant Dahn hidden in the closet of Adidee’s room.He further alleged that the officers took Dahn from the closet and brought him in the living room where he was first question about Nettie’s death.He alleged that when security asked Dahn “who killed Nettie?” Hopkings quoted Dahn by saying, “I killed her because she provoked me.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
October of next year, 2016 will mark exactly a century since Liberians have been called upon by the National Legislature to observe the second Wednesday in March as Decoration Day. It is a day set aside to honor the nation’s Blessed Dead. On this day each year families find their way to the graves of their fallen loved ones with cleaning brushes, whitewash, flowers and other ornaments to show their love, respect, appreciation and remembrance. It has not always been a pleasant experience. As the photos in today’s edition, taken by our Acting Editor, Omari Jackson, indicate, people will find, as they have often found in the past, the graves of their loved ones desecrated (vandalized) by criminally minded and unpatriotic miscreants (wrongdoers, villains)—people who have no regard for the past—even their own past. We say this because there is not a single one of us in this Republic that does not have someone lying in some graveyard.Unfortunately, given Mr. Jackson’s photos, we cannot say that all the graves will be intact tomorrow. But we hope that most of them will be and that loved ones and friends will proceed to gravesites throughout the country to perform our sacred duty to our Dear Departed. In so doing, we will be acknowledging their love and support extended to us during their lifetime and the work they did, however small, to ensure the survival and progress of this Republic.Tomorrow is NOT a time for merrymaking—drinking, dancing and frolicking (running about happily). On the contrary, it is a time of sober reflection on the lives of our Dear Departed and what they have meant for our lives—how they have impacted us, our communities and country. Everything we do tomorrow should represent a solemn (sober, serious) mark of appreciation and respect for the contributions, however small, that they made toward what and who we are and toward the growth, protection and sustenance of our country.But why do we say that tomorrow is a special Decoration Day? We should all know the reason: we should remember in particular our compatriots and others who succumbed to the Ebola virus—they include our loved ones and all the healthcare workers—the doctors, nurses and paramedics, the drivers, those on burial teams, everyone who died in the fight against the deadly pandemic.There were many who were laid away in makeshift burial places, and some who, in the wild and sorrowful confusion, were laid in unremembered areas. Some who did the burying are themselves no longer around. Tomorrow is the day we should remember ALL of them and find a way properly to memorialize them.These must include those Ebola victims who were cremated and whose ashes and remains have been placed in barrels. The government must find a proper way to memorialize them. For starts, their names should be engraved on a metal or marble plaque and placed under a decently built concrete doom. All of the Ebola deaths were tragic; but there were some which were even more tragic—like 16 year-old Shakie Kamara. He, too, should be especially remembered. Is there anything that anyone can do to mitigate (lessen) this sad, painful remembrance?All of this, especially those who were so rudely, so unbelievably, so suddenly snatched away from us by this satanic stranger, Ebola—over 4000 of them—yes, all of this is what makes tomorrow, without a doubt, a special Decoration Day.We make one last appeal to our new Public Works Minister, Gyude Moore: Please avail to all City Corporations throughout the country Zoning, Landscape and Planning experts who can assist all Liberian cities in properly designing, organizing and building our graveyards and setting strict and enforceable rules as to grave sizes. This will allow easier access to grave sites and make our cemeteries more organized and more beautiful final resting places for our departed loved ones.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A number of persons, particularly in the mining sector, were registered on Tuesday last to participate in another safety training course hosted by Guyana Mining School and Training Centre. The third of the two-day course is being held under the theme “Safe and efficient blasting for open cut mines”.Mining Coordinator for the Natural Resources Ministry, Kiefer Bacchus noted that both safety and efficiency are of much importance, especially in the mining sector. Speaking on behalf of Minister Raphael Trotman, Bacchus underscored that the presence of same will guarantee extreme production within the respective sector.“Therefore, it is paramount that the Ministry of Natural Resources supports initiatives of such nature. … The safety of active personnel in the mining sector is of utmost importance and, therefore, this course seeks to considerably impact the efficiency of open cut mining operations,” Bacchus noted.On that note, the coordinator applauded the efforts made by the mining school in offering the training which will specifically benefit the miners by allowing them to have the required knowledge.On the other hand, Chairman of the Guyana Mining School Board of Directors, Audwin Rutherford in his address to the participants used the opportunity to admonish them to take advantage and receive the relevant training needed in their mining professions.The training was a result of a collaboration between the Guyana Mining School, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Orica Mines Services.Some of the topics that are expected to be discussed are types of explosives, explosive parameters, practical blast design in quarries and mines, vibrations, laws and regulations of Guyana among others.Participants of the programme are from various agencies including Jaguar Mining Syndicates, National Mining Syndicates, Aurora Gold Mines (AGM) Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Guyana Police Force (GPF), Troy Resources, STRACON along with the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC).
Dan Fitzgerald scored eight of his 20 points during a 15-3 run midway through the second half and No. 18 Marquette held off upset-minded St. John’s 76-67 in the opening round of the Big East tournament Wednesday night. Wesley Matthews added 15 points and Lazar Hayward 14 for the sixth-seeded Golden Eagles (24-8), who advanced to play third-seeded Pittsburgh (25-6) today. Weber State 99, N. Arizona 80: Big Sky MVP David Patten scored 22 points to lead the host Wildcats (20-11, 12-5) to the Big Sky Conference tournament title and an NCAA Tournament berth. Weber State, which last made it in 2003, will play in its 14th NCAA tournament. CBS doubles bandwidth for NCAA video streams: CBS Corp. is doubling the amount of bandwidth available for viewing NCAA Tournament games this year, but will still have to restrict the number of viewers to keep the system running smoothly. The video streams proved very popular last year. CBS is also beefing up the image quality for the video and making the online video player larger, which will take up some of the added bandwidth. Joe Ferreira, the vice president of programming at CBS SportsLine, says the site is aiming to accommodate up to 300,000 viewers at any given time, up from around 175,000 simultaneous viewers last year. Once that limit is reached, fans will be diverted to online “waiting rooms” until enough other users leave to allow new ones in. WOMEN No. 11 Oklahoma 67, Texas 58: Courtney Paris broke free from the Longhorns’ defense to score 12 of her 17 points in the second half and lead the Sooners (24-4) in the Big 12 quarterfinals in Oklahoma City. The All-America center also had 18 rebounds to notch her 61st career double-double, tying the Big 12 record set by Baylor’s Sophia Young last season. No. 13 Texas A&M 62, Colorado 45: Takia Starks scored 16 points as the Aggies (24-5) won in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference women’s tournament on Wednesday. No. 18 Baylor 71, Kansas 54: Bernice Mosby scored 12 points in 22 minutes as the Lady Bears (25-6) won their Big 12 Conference women’s tournament opener. No. 22 Wis.-Green Bay 81, Detroit 58: Amanda Popp scored a career-high 22 points and Rachel Porath added 17, all in the first half, to lead the host Phoenix (26-3) in a Horizon League tournament quarterfinal. Porath went 6 for 7 from the field, missing a 3-pointer, and 2for 2 from the free-throw line. Holy Cross 56, American U. 48: Bethany O’Dell scored 20 points, including 14 in the second half, to rally the Crusaders (15-17) in the Patriot League tournament championship game in Worcester, Mass. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Anthony Mason Jr. scored 19 points and Aaron Spears 18 for 11th-seeded St. John’s (16-15), which was short-handed and playing in its first Big East tournament in four years – and first under coach Norm Roberts. Cent. Connecticut 74, Sacred Heart 70: Javier Mojica scored 25 points, including a late 3-pointer that helped the Blue Devils (21-11) win the Northeast Conference tournament championship in New Britain, Conn., and earn an NCAA bid.
A LETTERKENNY man has been sent for trial to the Circuit Court charged with robberies at two petrol stations and a takeaway food outlet.Dylan Loughlin, who is 21 and whose address was given in court as 9 Windmill View Glencar, had the book of evidence against him served on him at Letterkenny District Court.Loughlin is accused of robbery at the Top Filling Station in Killea on April 20, 2012. He is also accused of robbery at the Go Filling Station in St Johnston a week earlier on April 13, 2012.Loughlin is also facing a charge of robbery at P&Js Takeaway in Killygordon, also on April 13, 2012.Detective Garda Mick Galvin told Judge Paul Kelly that he had served the book of evidence on Loughlin at the court.Judge Kelly told Loughlin he now had 14 days to supply an alibi to the prosecution if he intended to produce one in his defence.The case was remanded for hearing to Letterkenny Circuit Court on July 15 next.He was remanded in continuing custody when he failed to provide an independent surety to the court.LETTERKENNY MAN TO STAND TRIAL FOR BORDER FILLING STATION RAIDS was last modified: June 24th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:District CourtDylan Loughlinletterkennyrobbery charges
Celtic were planning a bus parade to honour the Lisbon Lions 1 Celtic have cancelled a planned bus parade to honour the Lisbon Lions in the wake of the Manchester terror attack.The club had planned to mark the 50th anniversary of their European Cup triumph with a bus parade before a charity match at Celtic Park involving former players in teams managed by Henrik Larsson and Lubo Moravcik.Sunday’s sell-out game will go ahead but the club announced the bus trip had been cancelled “following the recent tragic events in Manchester, and further to liaison and discussion with Police Scotland”.The club held a bus parade after the victory over Inter Milan in 1967 but such events have been a rarity in Glasgow for Rangers or Celtic trophy triumphs because of the policing difficulties.The Ladbrokes Premiership champions have also urged fans not to gather outside their Parkhead ground if they win the William Hill Scottish Cup final against Aberdeen at Hampden on Saturday.The statement said: “In the event of Celtic being fortunate enough to win the Scottish Cup, the club would like to confirm that the team would not be able to ‘present’ the trophy to supporters back at Celtic Park and there would be no supporters’ event there.“Therefore, we urge Celtic supporters not to travel to or congregate at Celtic Park following the match.The club added: “Given the situation and the pressure on police and security resources, we are sure that our supporters will fully understand these measures which have been taken. We thank all our fans for their assistance and co-operation.”
Live Stats Drake grabbed its first lead of the game with a three-run fifth-inning behind some classic small ball that featured timely hitting and aggressive baserunning. Senior Melissa Schlotzhauer (Pilot Grove, Mo.) started the inning with a pinch-hit four-pitch walk off Panthers’ starter Jaclyn Spencer. Abby Buie (Gardner, Kan.) followed and reached on an error by the Panthers’ first baseman Brooke Krodinger. The pair then moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Libby Ryan (Mount Vernon, Iowa). Mandi Roemmich’s RBI groundout to short scored Schlotzhauer for the go-ahead run. Macy Johnson (Winterset, Iowa) and Kennedy Frank (Chesterfield, Mo.) then hit back-to-back RBI singles that scored Buie and Johnson, respectively, to extend Drake’s lead to 4-1. Next Game: Drake will wait to hears its name during the 2019 NCAA Tournament Selection Show Sunday night at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Print Friendly Version Watch Live Drake (42-14) is the first-ever MVC team to sweep back-to-back MVC regular season and tournament titles. The Bulldogs’ championship earned them the Valley’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament as the program will be in the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time ever. The teams traded runs in the third inning. For the Panthers, Spencer hit a leadoff opposite field home run over the left field wall on an 0-2 count. It was just the second home run Newman allowed to an MVC opponent all season. But, the Bulldogs aggressive base running in the bottom of the frame tied the game. Ryan, who drew a one-out walk, stole second with Roemmich at the plate. After Roemmich’s flyout and with Johnson at the plate, Ryan took off for third base as the catcher’s throw sailed into left field. Ryan popped up and raced home as the throw from left field sailed high as Ryan slid in for the tying run. PDF Box Score Full Schedule Roster Frank, Johnson and Taryn Pena (Columbia, Ill) each had one hit for the Bulldogs. Story Links PEORIA, Ill. – The Drake University softball team won its second-straight Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title with a 4-1 victory over UNI Saturday night at Peterson Field at the Louisville Slugger Complex. The teams had to wait out a five-hour delay due to heavy rain in the area as first pitch was moved from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. ESPN2 Preview Newman allowed just one more hit after Spencers’ home run and twice got out of jams with Panthers in scoring position. She hit the leadoff batter in the fifth who later reached second but was stranded after Newman coaxed an inning-ending popout. In the sixth, UNI put runners on first and second with two outs, but Newman slammed the door with a strikeout. In the final inning, Newman struck out the first two batters and then got a groundout to Pena to end the game. Frank, Roemmich and Ryan were named to the All-Tournament team while Newman joined them and earned tournament MVP honors for the second-straight year. vs. Georgia 5/17/2019 – 6 PM Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) pitched another complete game with double-digit strikeouts. Newman, who improved to 28-6 on the season, allowed one UNI (28-23) run on one walk and two hits and struck out 13. She matched Laurie Bowden (1990) single-season victory total in her 24th game with 10 or more strikeouts.
It’s on our doorstep but most of us living in Donegal have probably never visited it.Now the public has the perfect chance to visit stunning Innishboffin Island this weekend.Well-known local couple Danny and Maria Ryan have organised a 5k Walk-Run on the island this Sunday. The 5k takes place at 2pm with the boat to leave Magheroarty Pier every half hour from 10am.Families are being encouraged to take part and bring along a picnic and make a day out of it.Maria explained “Danny’s mum is originally from Innishboffin and we get out here as often as we can. We wanted to share the beauty of it all with as many people as possible.”For further details please see the attached poster. Fancy doing one of the most stunning 5ks on the planet? was last modified: July 2nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)